I'm On Fire wrote:Will,
I'm curious, how many stoves do you own? How many are used at once? What's your schedule like with more than one stove running at the same time; do you shake down and recharge at the same time for each stove or different times?
You are a wealth of information on these old base burners. I'm always amazed at the amount of knowledge you seem to have about each stove as they are asked about. I find them beautiful myself but don't have the room nor the type of house to warrant one. I've always needed something that has a high BTU to keep my drafty house in check during the winter.
I currently have three. I only use two of them. Mostly the Glenwood No 6 handles the heating. I use the second stove in the fall, spring and when it is really cold. These stoves are very easy to operate, the No 6 is tended to at most twice a day, most of the time only once a day. The smaller stove will probably require tending twice a day. As far as my knowledge goes, I still have a lot to learn. I am learning all of the time. I will tell you this, as far a needing a stove that cranks out enough heat for you, the big Base Heaters can not be bested, not to mention they do it with much less coal consumed per BTU produced than the average stove. I have a deep respect for the minds that created these stoves and the craftsmen that made them. They were meant to be the center piece of the home and to last a life time. They are simply marvels of inventive genius, to me they represent the best of what the American Spirit was once about.